LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Some call Mark Dahlberg the Music Man. The music educator at Fort Myers High school says he is just a guy who wants to share music with the world. He and his students want to donate instruments to needy children in the Bahamas.
"We want to give an instrument to some of the young people in the Freeport area when we go there in early April. To see the looks on their faces when they open the cartons of instruments, that is going to be a very cool and rewarding experience. It brings joy to the heart," says Dahlberg, the director of the symphonic and the marching bands at Fort Myers High.
"I really want to share my love of music and dance. This is going to be fun," says freshman Olivia Yang, a dancer with the marching band. She and about 90 other students will travel to Freeport for some musical activities, and they want to donate gently-used brass and wind instruments to the needy children there.
Junior Lindsey Helter agrees: "Music means so much to my life, I really have to share it with others. I look forward to this trip and helping the young people in the Freeport area," she told WINK News.
Dahlberg says he got the idea for the instrument donation during a trip to Freeport last summer. Some of the local musicians told Dahlberg, that many children come from families that are too poor to afford an instrument.
Right now, the problem is, only a few instruments have been donated for the cause. Dahlberg wants to get out the word that Ft. Myers High will accept brass and wind instruments. People who may have those items lying around the house, can bring them in to the office at the high school, and staffers will get the instruments fo Dahlberg for the April trip to the Bahamas.
"This is a very generous county, and I know that Lee county people will make it happen," says Dahlberg of the need for donated instruments.